CLEANTECH REFERS TO THE TECHNOLOGIES, TECHNIQUES AND SERVICES THAT ENABLE US TO EXPLOIT AND USE NATURAL RESOURCES IN MORE EFFICIENT WAYS.
It involves an extremely diverse range of products, services and processes developed not just to provide superior performance at lower cost but also to reduce – or even eliminate – their negative impact on the environment. And all this must of course be achieved while consuming our planet’s natural resources in a more responsible way. It is important to realise that cleantech is about much more than simply using technology. It also encompasses all those activities and services that raise awareness of environmental issues and bring about direct action to safeguard the environment and preserve our natural resources. Societal and behavioural aspects are therefore playing an increasingly important role, supported by digital technology and the mobile apps that facilitate access to and the processing and distribution of specific data.
The sector’s added value almost doubled, increasing from CHF 16.6 million in 2018, or from 3.6% to 4.5% of gross domestic product (GPD)
In the jobs market, sector employment rose from 130,000 to 211,000 full-time equivalents, an increase from 3.8% to 5.2% of total jobs between 2000 and 2018